Norm, Variation, Language Change

This research forum studies patterns of linguistic variation, change and interactional behaviour in English, German, French, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish. The processes of change and the nature of the observed variation is linked to the question of linguistic norms. How do new norms emerge, and what can this process tell us about language as an instrument of human communication? We contribute internationally to debates on norm, variation and change within construction grammar, grammaticalisation theory, sociolinguistics, pragmatics, contrastive linguistics and perception theory.

The research profile and the range of languages covered make our group a natural research environment for innovative projects on norm, variation and change in a cross-linguistic and intra-linguistic perspective.

Over the past 7 years, we have built a research group with a practice of regular meetings and research presentations. We have offered international and local seminars on selected topics and organized a PhD-course with international guest teachers (Language in the new media). It is our vision to continue to be an attraction pole for young researchers around our key topics. Several members have been involved in externally funded projects, and subgroupings of members continue to form and reform in current and planned projects (see Projects, finished, current, planned). We regularly offer to our members training in digital tools in language variation research.

See current, planned and finished projects below.






















Name Title Phone E-mail
Andersen, Anders PhD fellow +45 353-34161 E-mail
Hansen, Anita Berit Associate professor +45 353-28450 E-mail
Hernández-Flores, Nieves Associate professor +45 353-28441 E-mail
Jensen, Christian Associate professor +45 353-30019 E-mail
Jensen, Kim Ebensgaard Associate professor +45 353-33802 E-mail
Kraft, Kamilla Research assistant   E-mail
Kragh, Kirsten A. Jeppesen Head of studies +45 353-28591 E-mail
Lindschouw, Jan Juhl Associate professor +45 353-28432 E-mail
Lønsmann, Dorte Associate professor +45 353-36633 E-mail
Mortensen, Janus Associate professor +45 353-34020 E-mail
Pedersen, Johan Associate professor +45 353-28428 E-mail
Schøsler, Lene Professor emerita   E-mail
Strudsholm, Erling Associate professor +45 353-28437 E-mail


Associate professor Anita Berit Hansen
Phone: +45 35 32 84 50


See list of selected publications (pdf) by the researchers involved in the research forum.